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Ben Cherington easing into things

New Red Sox GM didn't make big splash at winter meetings, but work was done

Updated: December 8, 2011, 3:01 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

DALLAS -- This is how it went for the new Boston Red Sox general manager in his first winter meetings.

He balked at overpaying for starting pitching, focused on upgrading his bullpen, and showed keen interest in a Cuban defector.

No one was ordering playoff tickets based on those moves.

Funny, though: Things worked out for Theo Epstein, didn't they?

Ben Cherington made no headlines at these winter meetings. Those were left for Bobby ("I Hate The Yankees") Valentine.

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